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Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 333
Hads: 2,402
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 22.7%
Wants: 359
Gots: 423 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mschofield on 08-07-2011

This lager harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and west coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist - it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile. Hoponius Union uses locally grown dehulled spelt from MA.

65 IBU
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Reviews: 333 | Hads: 2,402
Photo of fank2788
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This beer is a hazy yellow gold color and is topped with some nice fine off white bubbles that seem to want to stick around for a while. There is a nice strong dose of west coast hops in the nose with citrus fruits and some tangy resins leading the way. Not much of the malt or anything else in the nose apart from the hops. Those are in the lead too in the taste as there is a strong kick of full hop flavor up front on top of a bit of grainy but clean base. Quite filling and very bitter throughout as I'm getting no sweetness from the malt the carbonation is pretty high as well. I guess this beer is a little weird. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a lager and I should expect it to be light and clean without a lot of leftover malt sweetness however the hops make we wish I had a bit more of that of that stuff. Very pleasant but perhaps just off the mark.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking at Midtown Oyster Bar in Newport. Hop heavy. Bold. Get the west coast vibe for sure.
Heavy beer. Good for 1 or 2 on a a autumn eve.
Great color, aroma, feel.
I would drink again.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm, I think there is something special about these hoppy lagers or IPL's. Loved Sierra Nevada's hoppy lager and I would say this takes it to the next level (although I love SN's take). Fruity, citrusy hops on the bready crisp body of a lager. What's not to love? Clear orange hue with very little white head. Smells like grapefruit, orange peel, and fruity hops on a sweet malty base. Taste follows nose, delicious citrus hops (citra, mosaic?) on a crisp bready malt base. A lager base might present hops better and more uninhibited - bold statement, with minimal information but I like what I have had so far.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker yellow, clarity is way up there, full on 1" of head, amazing retention for a beer so hoppy.

Aroma delivered on the simcoe hops, the yeast was present, good to smell in a lager, cool mix.

Taste, big bite and snap from all the lager yeast, simcoes and whatnot. Plenty bitter, but multidimensional. Some c hops. No tropical component to the hop flavors, this is cleaner than that. High carbonation, but not bothersome. Bready.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange copperish hue, gold when held to the light. Off white head. Light tropical fruit aroma. Some nice tropical passion fruit and peach flavor with some underlying spicy bitterness. Finishes clean. A terrific IPL.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jack's Abby "Hoponius Union"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "MFG1458032415"
$1.92 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

I mean it in the best way when I say that the smell and taste of this reminds me of home-brew - the best home brew, of course. It's got that bright, lively, "real ale" character to it. Onward...

Appearance: Its golden-orange body is hazy, and perhaps even cloudy, but given that it's unfiltered one can hardly complain (and that also most likely explains why it tastes so fresh to me!). Its antique-white head rises up majestically, and then slowly settles down into a thick rocky cap. As you might expect the lacing is quite nice as well.

Aroma: Spicy, woody, earthy, floral, citrusy, and even a bit tropical.

Flavor: For the most part the hops remain the same, over a slightly sweet malt base that's distinctly grainy with a very soft edge of golden caramel to it, and perhaps a light touch of toastiness as well - it's cracker-like and biscuity, but there's more going on than just that... I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's pleasant. As I think about it, I'm wondering how much the graininess is adding to the woody and earthy notes in the aroma (?). It's nicely balanced with the hops and malt meshing together, and with the lightly sweet note of maltiness balanced by a solid (but not bold or brash) bitterness. It's odd, this is a lager, made with American hops, and yet it seems very English in nature to me - I've recently returned from a week-long pub crawl in Liverpool, and I can totally imagine finding this on tap from one of their up & coming craft breweries.

Mouthfeel: Initially slightly zesty but then remarkably smooth and velvety. Medium bodied and lightly oily.

Overall: Really quite brilliant! I found it enticing, and then compelling, and finally, really quite satiating and relaxing. For me this is the kind of beer that I want to sit down with at the end of the night with a good book after I've had something a little more basic. It's good enough that it can be the last beer of the evening because unless you're going to go for a barleywine or something like that, there's really nothing that can follow it. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Redstone. Super easy drinking and very hoppy for a lager. Very impressive, especially because I am not usually a lager fan. I need to seek out more beers from these guys!

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a bright gold with some haze. A billowing white head that laces fantastically.

S- bright citrus, a bit of resin, and crackery malts. A bit fruity.

T- An even mix of orange rind, , slight pink grapefruit, some mild resin, and crackery malts. Very, very tasty.

M- Smooth, but amazingly crisp and clean. Medium bodied.

O- It's fantastic, seek it out.

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Photo of kitch
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a manufacturing date of 1st December 2014 and poured into a pint glass (although I’d consider using an IPA glass for this next time).

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a less than one finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Mainly citrus zest hops followed by some tropical mango and light pepperiness.

Taste: Light caramel malt flavours followed by some nice bitter citrus and grassy hops… orange and piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I am impressed. The world needs more lagers like this. It is far and away the best lager I’ve tried, and a very good example of what can and should be done with lagers.

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Photo of codekiln
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's, poured into a 4-inch snifter

Hazy, golden; head that dissipates quickly; not much lace

Very hoppy; sweet, milky

Citrus, hops, crisp

Very carbonated at first- surfs on the tongue; a little oily

Quite good

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale copper (SRM 9-12) with a slight, creamy white head that leaves a coating of lace below the lid of an HB stein.

Quick floral hops are replaced by grassy aromas and resin. Citrus zest leaves a light touch of lemon and orange, while peppery celery follows. Warmth brings out wet hay.

Quite bitter, yet somewhat balanced. Grapefruit and caramel work well together. A dry finish has modest bitterness and light, lingering effects.

Crisp and medium body with alcohol as expected. A satin texture is highlighted by fizzy carbonation.

This is a fine beer with which to decompress during a mild, sunny summer evening.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked mfg1150607 at Lower Depths. Wow, really impressed, more so than with Mass Rising. Great aroma, bursting flavor and solid mouthfeel. Would definitely drink this often if available in my locale!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden color with a great lasting white head
Smell - citrus hop smell with a little toasty bread
Taste - incredible citrus herbal taste. I'm not sure what herbs are in there but it's very interesting and good.
Feel - medium body with lots of carbonation
Overall - I really like this beer! Great citrus pale lager!

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Photo of Justin82
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

Look: Hazy orange, half inch foamy head, a lil lacing

Smell: slight citrus. Herbal and grassy notes

Taste: Much like the smell. Not really getting the citrus, but still herbal and grassy. Finishes dry and bitter

Feel: Really smooth. Nice carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyable. I usually tend to go for juicier ipas but this ipl hit the spot. Just a really tasty well balanced beer. Feel like this one begs to be sessioned. Would definitely get this again

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is opaque copper, somewhat dense looking, head is off white, fine bubbles with dense cover and lacing left on the glass.

Smell is extremely enticing: light malt toastiness quickly followed by the well balanced floral and fruity hops, there not overpowering but more sharp than a typical pale lager to warm you up for the sharper flavor.

Taste is less malty in terms of toastingess but a little sweeter than the aroma, light malt flavor (pilsen) is overtaken by the hop bitterness, hops seem less pronounced in terms of flavor than bittering quality. Subtle hop flavors include light citrus and grass.

Mouthfeel is definitely where this beer finds its India roots, lighter malt flavor of the pilsen malt is slightly overmatched by the hops (not in a bad way). Hops linger in a pleasant way on the tongue, not too drying and leaving just the right presence to identify this as more IPL than Kellerbier.

Overall, a great beer, seemingly simple in formulation but the subtleties of hop schedule, fermentation and aging come through in the finished product.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has color more characteristic of an APA or IPA. Pours an orange-amber with a frothy white head. Smell is very muted to my nose, but then again that's the irony with IPLs as the coldet serving temp kinda defeats the purpose. Gains a nice fleshy mango aroma as it warms Grassy, citrusy, resiny hop taste. Gtapefruit, jackfruit, bitter melon, passionfruit. Definitely had a crisp, dry feel that accentuates citrus florals than any tropical sweetness.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 Cl in a nonik pint glass
A:orange to straw gold, little to no head mild lacing, cloudy for a lager
S:good clean hop bitterness with hints of orange and miscellaneous citrus
T:clean, juicy and refreshing, I can personally attest that this is good on a summers day, it is a little bitter at first but any harshness is quick to dissipate, they call this 'wicked hoppy' and while for a lager that might be true for a beer in general it is certainly not the case
M:juicy, a little drying after a second or two but not very
O: Special thanks to mike constanzo for sending me this, I would definitely buy it again if I had it available to me, a very enjoyable very pleasant beer, like drinking juice only better

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Photo of BigGold
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the new "Cheers," Quincy Market, Boston, Mass., on draft into a faceted mug. Would say this "IPL" is a great example of what lagers can be, except it confirms I had (have) no idea what can be done with lagers. Whatever, find this beer. It may or may not open your eyes (like mine), but you will almost certainly enjoy the experience.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 6/25/15 poured into snifter
This beer poured a orange-golden color with a moderate white head.. Amazing lace down the glass. Smell is of tropical fruit and citrus with a hint of cracker, breadiness. Taste has the fruitiness of the nose interplaying with the pilsener malt to balance out nicely. Feel is medium with moderate carb. Love me some hoppy lagers.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears translucent and golden with a single finger of head; like a crisp lager. Aroma is of sweet malt, honey, and a little citrus. Taste is initially hoppy with citrus. This is followed by a nice malt bready middle with lager notes. The finishes has some mild bitterness.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Plan B Burger Bar in Springfield, MA.

The beer poured with an amber-orange appearance with a little bit of haze and a medium head. Wonderful aromas of citrus mixed with grassy and hop notes. The taste was this great balance of bittersweet flavors. Not as hoppy as an IPA with just the right combination of hops with citrus, like lemon and orange, and bready flavors. This flavoring was complimented by a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, giving the drink a great body. Overall, this was a great discovery.

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Photo of Jawn-Doe
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad but I expected more. Dark golden color, light lacing. Apple juice up front, nice initial lemony hop snap. The aftertaste disappointed, leaving me with an unpleasant final impression. I really wanted to like this more.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass. ipl.

A: Hazy princeton orange coloring with a creamy, froth head of one inch, dirty bone white, with a solid retention rate that only adds to the lasting visual. Moderately paced glass consuming effervesce, lasting coverage, decent coverage rate on the vessel.

S: Nice wiff of dry pineapple-orange, good level of awareness. Some fresh green melon sneaks in along with wet citrusy notes. Crisp pale malts lets the hopping speak for itself with some tropical nature, very clean. Deep down some fresh apple-pear yeastiness comes to light. Good complexity for an ipl, duration is good, awareness is generous, whats not to like.

T: Citrus, semi-dry, followed by a grassy hopping. Solid level of bitterness, light flowery piney-orange, dry whole grains with a decent lingering after fade of citrus-grass on the swallow that is lightly dry and begs for the next sip. Crisp lager like flavor, generous american wet coast hop addition with a strong level of hoppiness well balanced with malt aspect.

M: Crisp and tight mouthful, bubbly and sharp, just like a good lager should be. Medium bodied with a touch of creamy nature.

O: Overall beautiful presentation with a well lasting capping only leads to a lasting impression. Lightly cloudy orange coloring with a crisp carbonation rate dances in the glass with healthy hop loads, cleanly brewed, with a lingering dry hopping afterwards that certainly won't dissappoint even the most stubborn of hop heads. Citrusy fade. Had this after a 90+ day mowing the lawn and this hit the spot perfectly, to bad he didn't bring along more friends, only had one. Clean lager brewed with american hop influence just as the label claims is spot on. 6.7% feels more mid 5ish. 6 pack worthy. Hop levels worthy of mid entry ipa status with a cleanly brewed background makes this a must try per style (pale lager). There is a lot to say about this beer, it starts with the the brewery's focus on one style (lagers). Nice to see other states outside pennsylvania focusing on this underappreciated german style and bringing some respectability with an american twist and influence. Rated as an american pale lager.

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Photo of benjaminkhlaw
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours light hazy orange with 2 fingers of off-white head, not much lacing on the glass. Strong tropical fruits on the nose, this one is a hopbomb no doubt. Huge tropical fruits and citrusy hoppy notes on palate, feels smooth and crisp and finishes dry with a pleasant amount of bitterness. A very enjoyable IPL, will look to have another one for sure!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says 041615.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Mild grassy hop aroma that's a bit fumy.

T- Definitely more on the earthy side as far as the hop profile's concerned. Nice mild bitterness with a bit of sweet malt flavor. Goes down so easy but is still very interesting due to the enhanced hoppiness. Slightly fruity aftertaste with a clean finish that resets the palate for more sips.

M- Crisp and somewhat sharp with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I'm rating this higher than I would if this were an IPA because, if I'm reviewing to style, this is the best American Pale Lager I've ever had.

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Hoponius Union from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.